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Salman Rushdie’s ‘Quichotte’ Gets Shortlisted At Booker Prize, 2019

Salman Rushdie’s Quichotte Makes It’s Place At Booker’s Award shortlist, 2019

Salman Rushdie’s tragicomic novel Quichotte is shortlisted on Booker’s Prize Award, 2019. The release was on Tuesday in London.

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Rushdie, 72 in and British-Indian novelist and he won this award in 1986. He won it for ‘Midnight’s Children.’ This year, former winner Margaret Atwood joins him too. Other shortlisted names include Lucy Ellman, Bernardine Evaristo, Chigezie Obioma, and Elif Shafak.

What Are The Juris Saying? 

The critic consisted of Peter Florence. To quote him, “Like all great literature, these books teem with life, with profound and celebratory humanity.”

Referring to Rushdie’s current work, one of the members of the judging panel said, ” A picturesque tour-de-force of contemporary America. Rushdie conjures a celebration of storytelling and language. It will delight lovers of Cervantes, lovers of daytime television and lovers of life.” The novel is inspired by Don Quixote’s classic, “Miguel de Cervantes.”

Quichotte Is The Only Nominee From An Indian Publisher

Penguin Random House is the publisher of this particular book. Being published under the Hamish Imprint in India, it was released in India and Uk on 29th August.

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What Is the Novel All About? 

It deals with the story of a salesman who drives across America to prove himself worthy of the one he loves. It also contains issues like father-son relationships, the quarrel among siblings, issue of racism, cyber spies, and so on.

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On being shortlisted, Rushdie placed a comment on the selection. He said, ” it has been 19 years since ‘The Moor’s Last Sigh’ made it to the shortlist, so I am obviously delighted. I am also happy to be chosen alongside such terrific writers, to be part of an interesting, strong list.”

It is the 14th novel of this gentleman and indeed offers pleasure to all the readers out there. We need to wait for a few days more to have the winner announced.

Mohar Bhattacharjee
Student, pursuing English Honours (2nd year,Calcutta University). Hobbies include writing and reading.

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